The San Antonio Spurs will finally get a taste of playing in front of more fans soon. While they’ve previously allowed a handful of staffers to test the spectator waters, they’ll have more than 1,000 in attendance at the March 4th game against Oklahoma City.
According to KSAT news, the Spurs will be handing out complimentary tickets to more than 1,000 medical workers, teachers, first responders, and frontline service employees for the game. It’ll be the first time this season where outside fans are allowed at AT&T Center.
According to the release, the group selected isn’t required to be vaccinated. However, it must maintain social distancing, wear masks, have their temperature checked, and complete a health screening through an app before entering the arena.
The Spurs are the only Texas team that has yet to allow fans at home games. On February 8th, the Dallas Mavericks made a similar gesture, allowing 1,500 essential workers to their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Meanwhile, the Rockets are permitting about 4,500 fans, equalling 25 percent of the Toyota Center’s capacity.
The San Antonio Spurs could use some home support
The AT&T Center hasn’t been as friendly this season as it has been in years past, as the Spurs are just 8-8 through 16 games at home. This week’s three-game homestand will be a chance to improve that record as the Spurs look to continue rising up in the Western Conference standings.
The Spurs will host a back-to-back against the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks beginning Monday before closing out the first half of their season in front of socially distanced fans on Thursday.
As COVID-19 cases nationwide begin to decline slowly, let’s hope more fans will be allowed to safely attend games to cheer on the Silver and Black sooner than later.